Black Widow Spider

Black Widow Spider
Common NameBlack Widow Spider
Latin NameLatrodectus

How to get rid of this?.To get rid of the pest problem under control, inspection is the first and foremost step.

Black widow spiders are about the size of a half-dollar, including the legs. They appear hard, black, and shiny. The abdominal section is large and rounded. The classic marking is a red hourglass shape, but the marks can be orange or white or tan. Also, the markings might be dots or spots, instead of the typical hourglass shape. The webs look tangled and messy.
These spiders like dark, undisturbed areas. You might find them in stacks of wood, brush piles, corners of garages and sheds, under flowerpots, inside gardening gloves and boots, and other sheltered places. Black widow spiders won’t come after you. But if they feel threatened, they will bite.

A black widow spider bite often is painful right away. There will be tiny puncture wounds at the bite site, with some local swelling. Wash the area well with soap and water. If there is no pain, or if the pain is mild, no special treatment is needed.

Because black widow spiders hide, you might not see them even if they’re close by. Protect yourself in areas where they might live.

  • Shake out your gardening gloves before putting them on. Shake out boots or shoes that you’ve stored in garages, basements, or sheds before putting them on.
  • Always wear gloves when moving wood, reaching into wood piles, handling mulch, grabbing empty flower pots, etc.
  • If you’ll be working in a garage or shed, or under a porch or deck, wear a hat to protect your head.

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